First of the line: the Heavy and Light Types


Viewed head-on at Marske Sands along with many admirers, the Heavy Type monoplane reveals the distance and linkage between its engine and propeller.

Robert Blackburn was born at Kirkstall near Leeds in March 1885, the eldest son of engineer George William Blackburn and his wife Kate. Fair-haired and long-legged, with a kindly temperament, young Robert attended Leeds Modern School before gaining a first-class engineering degree at the city’s university. In 1906, aged 21 he became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


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